Engaging in Urban Image-making is a one-day symposium hosted by the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, which brings together practitioners from: Sociology Goldsmiths, Photojournalism London College of Communication, Urban Photographers Association and London Independent Photography. Its purpose is to begin a dialogue across organisations about how we engage with urban life in our image-making practices in the 21st century. Through the presentation of a diverse selection of visual stories, we are keen to address how image making can support our understanding of some of the complexities associated with contemporary urban life.

This event has been organised by Anita Strasser and Gill Golding.

Anita Strasser is an urban photographer / visual sociologist based in south-east London. She studied Photography at the London Institute (now LCC), completed a Master’s in Photography and Urban Cultures in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, and is currently studying towards a PhD in Visual Sociology at the same institution. Her main research interests are urban communities, the regeneration of London, the representation of class, visual research methods and participatory photographic practice. She is a member of Urban Photographers Association, International Visual Sociology Association, International Association of Visual UrbanistsLondon Independent Photography and Crossing Lines (a collaboration between LIP and CUCR at Goldsmiths). Anita works as a Language and Academic Support Tutor on various programmes at University of the Arts London, including the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC (She also has a background in teaching and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King’s College, London).

For more information: http://www.anitastrasser.com

Gill Golding is an urban photographer whose visual research interests lie in the field of post-industrial cities, particularly with an emphasis on regeneration, gentrification, sustainability and more recently, the hyperreal. She employs an immersive walking methodology which reflects her belief that encountering landscapes through an embodied practice creates a unique, dialogic relationship with the environment. Since completing an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, Gill has joined the Board of the International Visual Sociology Association, is on the Board of Directors of the Urban Photographers Association, Chair of London Independent Photography, a member of the Steering Group of UrbanPhotoFest and is the Organiser of the International Urban Photography Summer School.  Gill is a former headteacher who alongside teaching in schools, has worked extensively in Further Education.  Gill remains committed to education and learning.

For more information: www.gillgoldingphotography.com